María José Penzol MD, PhD

María José Penzol MD, PhD

Dr María José Penzol has a medical degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid (1994). She is a specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Portugal, 2001, under EU directives) and a specialist in Psychiatry (Spain, 2011). She holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at Maudsley-Kings College London (KCL) (London, 2006).

She has extensive clinical experience, a result of 20 years dedicated to the psychiatric care of children, adolescents and their families in several hospitals in Portugal and Spain. Dr María José Penzol is also a psychotherapist with training in Systemic Family Therapy and Group Psychodrama Therapy. She served as director of the Child and Youth Psychiatry Service at the Infante D. Pedro de Aveiro Hospital (Portugal) between 2006 and 2009. In 2010 she led the child and youth psychiatry consultation at the Teresa Herrera Mother and Child Hospital in La Coruña.

Since 2012 she has been working at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital (HGUGM), first as a researcher hired by the Gregorio Marañón Health Research Institute (IiSGM) and as of January 2018 as a psychiatrist, performing her clinical activity in the Comprehensive Medical Care programme for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (AMI-TEA). Since June 2019, she has been a psychiatrist for the HGUGM Intensive Mental Health Treatment Programme for Adolescents (PrISMA). She has been responsible for coordinating different clinical research projects at national and international level.

Since 2014 she has been a researcher at CIBERSAM. Dr María José Penzol’s research activity focuses mainly on the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and First-Episode Psychosis (FEP), in addition to other areas such as Behavioural Disorders in children and adolescents and psychopharmacological interventions in child and adolescent mental health. She is currently developing her doctoral thesis work in the doctoral programme in Molecular Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), with the title "Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder in Autism Spectrum Disorders: a study of environmental genetic interaction” under professors Dr Ángel Carracedo and Dr Mara Parellada.


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